Former Finance, External Affairs Minister, India
• Former Finance, External Affairs Minister of India;
• Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Surface Transport;
• Under Secretary and Deputy Secretary in the Finance Department of the Bihar Government;
• First Secretary (Commercial) in the Indian Embassy, Bonn, Germany (1971-1973);
• Consul General of India in Frankfurt (1973-1974);
• Ministry of Commerce as Deputy Secretary to the Government of India;
• Joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1960; and
• Political Science Professor at Patna University (1958-1960).
Patna University (Masters Degree in Political Science, 1958).
Carbon Emissions From Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low
Climate Central: As states begin the long task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants to comply with new federal climate policy, a 27-year low in carbon dioxide emissions earlier this year shows the U.S. may be heading toward meeting its emissions goals.
U.S. power plants emitted less carbon dioxide -- 128 million metric tons -- in April than at any point in since April 1988, according to new U.S. Energy Information Administration data.
That continues a long-term trend of declining...
Emissions 'far above' 2C target
BBC: Global plans to curb carbon dioxide are well below what's needed to keep temperatures from rising above 2 degrees according to a new analysis.
It is the work of researchers from the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), a consortium of research institutions.
They examined the commitments already made by governments to limit warming.
The CAT rated seven of the 15 submitted carbon plans as "inadequate" to keep temperatures below the accepted level of dangerous warming.
The analysis was released...
Obama taking climate message to the Arctic
Hill: President Obama is bringing his climate change message to the Arctic Circle, White House officials said Friday, previewing his trip to Alaska.
Obama?s trip next week is part of his ?broader and longer-term effort? to speak about climate change and highlight how to prevent it, Obama?s senior climate adviser, Brian Deese, told reporters.
?This trip to Alaska will be an important part of that ongoing effort," he continued.
?For the president, I think that this is going to be principally exciting...
Obama: Climate change threatens US 'right now'
Hill: President Obama is pointing toward Alaska as tangible evidence of the immediate danger climate change presents the U.S. ?This is all real,? Obama said Saturday in his weekly address. ?This is happening to our fellow Americans right now.?
?In fact, Alaska?s governor recently told me that four villages are in ?imminent danger? and have to be relocated,? he said, citing Gov. Bill Walker (I). ?Already, rising sea levels are beginning to swallow one island community.? ?Think about that,? Obama...
Increasingly severe disturbances weaken world's temperate forests
Physorg: Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world's temperate forests, a new study published in Science has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades.
"While we have been trying to manage for resilience of 20th century conditions, we realize now that we must prepare for transformations and attempt...
Cash crunch for Paris conference: UN climate chief
Agence France-Presse: Crunch climate negotiations opened in Bonn Monday with a UN official urging countries to replenish coffers for the critical Paris conference tasked with sealing a global carbon-curbing pact in December.
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres told delegates there was a deficit of 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) for the November 30-December 11 UN Conference of Parties (COP 21) as well as the final pre-Paris negotiating round in Bonn in October.
"I regret to inform you that we have a deficit now...
Obama heads north to Alaska where drilling decision looms large
Reuters: President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups.
His message comes on the eve of a three-day tour of Alaska aimed at drawing attention to powerful images of melting glaciers and eroding coastlines as a "wakeup call" to Americans in the Lower 48 states about the urgent need to address climate change.
The trip is part of a broad campaign...
Alaskan Greens: Obama?s Words, Actions Conflict On Climate Change
KUCB: President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska this week, aimed at highlighting his push to fight climate change, comes just two weeks after his administration approved drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean. Some Alaskan environmentalists see a disconnect between the president's rhetoric and his actions on climate change.
The Obama administration hopes the Alaska trip--Obama arrives in Anchorage Monday afternoon--will help sell the president's proposals to rein in America's greenhouse gas emissions....